I am learning new finite element analysis software at work. ABAQUS licenses are expensive and while I really like the software, so do a couple scores of other people at work. The solution is to learn a new software with many available licenses. The difference is that the computing power available for RADIOSS is significantly less than for ABAQUS, also, no one around these parts really uses RADIOSS, so I have to teach myself.
A little more explanation, HyperWorks, an Altair company software, has easily my favorite pre-processor, HyperMesh, and a nice post-processor, HyperView. The actual job processor I typically use is ABAQUS, a Simulia company software. HyperWorks licenses can be used for all types of HyperWorks software, HyperMesh, HyperView, RADIOSS, and Optistruct, among others. I currently have access to significantly more HyperWorks licenses than ABAQUS licenses. Of course, as things go in the world, this has not always been the case, and things will inevitably change in the future.
The point of this is not to brag about my new skills or use a bunch of jargon. It is simply to show a concrete example of problem solving. Preferred option 1 is less accessible so I am choosing to selectively use option 2 with similar functionality. I would not be in the wrong for "wasting" time using option 1, but using options 1 and 2 I am certainly more productive. After all, better productivity is a huge goal of work.